Steve Witherspoon is the author of the second (of 4!) Comment of the Day reacting to the query as to whether changing Superman’s motto to seeking “a better tomorrow” without any American reference is unethical, as in irresponsible, or disrespectful, or un-American. Here is his intense reaction to “Ethics Quiz: Superman Ethics”:
“If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” George Orwell, 1984
Propaganda, that’s what Orwell was talking about.
Superman’s motto change; “Truth, Justice, and the American way” vs “Truth, Justice, and a better tomorrow.”.
“Is there anything wrong with DC making the Superman motto change?”
In keeping with what I wrote yesterday that “our society and culture has dramatically changed in the 21st century” I’m going to approach this from a changing cultural viewpoint.
Looking at Superman as a idealisticº cultural icon¹ (that’s what the character is) the answer to the question “is there anything wrong with DC making the Superman motto change” has to be no. The fact that they are changing the motto is signature significant, in that this single act is so remarkable that it has predictive and analytical value showing us how much our culture has actually changed and the act should not be dismissed as statistically insignificant. The Superman comic strip and its motto had an underlying theme that was pure propaganda² and that was to promote the American way of life as good, a huge cross section of our culture has moved away from that idealistic view of America and it’s inevitable that as the culture shifts away from American idealism that new propaganda will replace the old. Out with the old, in with the new.
SPECIAL NOTE: I think it’s very significant that we’re this invested in the motto of a comic strip character that was literally the purveyor of idealistic American propaganda.
All that said…
Those of us that are doing our part, however insignificant it may be, to fight the irrational cultural changes we see as destructive to the American way of life view this motto change in a very different way. This motto change is another representation of how this cultural shift is replacing the very soul of the American way of life and all that that entails with totalitarianism. It’s a significant cultural nail in the coffin! From our point of view we are the ones fighting the good fight and the ones trying to shift our culture are the enemy of the people. This motto change is effectively ripping the cultural heart out of America and showing us that we are becoming very alone in our resistance.
Here are a few other relevant quotes….
“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”
“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.” “Orthodoxy means not thinking–not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.” “We do not merely destroy our enemies; we change them.” “What you say or do doesn’t matter; only feelings matter.”
“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”—George Orwell, 1984
The United States of America is in the midst of a full blown ongoing culture war³ to fundamentally shift the United States of America towards totalitarianism and those of us that are trying to maintain the status quo of the once great culture that built the United States and the freedoms therein are rapidly dwindling in numbers. This cultural war came boldly out of the shadows when candidate Barack Obama formally called the movement to action in 2008 with words like “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”. Tell me truthfully, how does everyone like the result of Obama’s calling this culture war to action?
ºIdealistic: characterized by idealism; unrealistically aiming for perfection.
¹Cultural Icon: a person or an artifact that is identified by members of a culture as representative of that culture.
²Propaganda: information used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.
³Culture War: a conflict between groups with different ideals, beliefs, philosophies, etc.